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This Week's Calendar
Friday, March 7
at Wichita State
at Music City Classic
Saturday, March 8
vs. Central Arkansas
at Wichita State
at Music City Classic
vs. Nicholls State
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Spring Break Starts
vs. Central Arkansas
Sunday, March 9
at Wichita State
at Music City Classic
vs. Nicholls State
at Oral Roberts
Monday, March 10
SFA Women's Golf
Lady Eagle Invitational
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New SFA logo to be unveiled March 26
SFA's new logo will be unveiled around noon on March 26 at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge.
Drs. Owen Smith, Anne Smith, Kelly Salsbery and Ben Dixon Multidisciplinary Programs
Four members of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs participated in a panel at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Feb. 20. Chaired by Salsbery, the panel was entitled "The Metaphysics of Alternate Realities in Speculative Fiction." Each panelist presented a paper.
Owen Smith presented "Where Have All the Fear and Nameless Dread Gone? Contemporary Constructions of Reality and the Inverted Bipolarity of Nature in the Weird Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft."
Anne Smith presented "It's Real for Her: Wizard Rock, Petunia Evans and the Ontological Status of Hogwarts."
Salsbery presented "Does Anyone Really Know What Timeline It Is?" Dixon presented "Hegel's Uncanny Philosophy of History: Critical Themes from "X-Men" Mythology."
News & Announcements
Annual symposium to highlight Japanese maples
The 13th annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the newly opened Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building location at SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.
Matt and Tim Nichols of Nichols Nursery in North Carolina and MrMaple.com will present “Heat-Tolerant Maples for the South” based on their 35 years of experience propagating and growing more than 1,000 kinds of Japanese maples. They will share information about growing maples in a southern climate, demonstrate how the trees are grafted and assist in a guided tour of the nearby Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, which features more than 200 varieties of the ornamental tree.
Participants may also register the morning of the event. For more information, email email@example.com.
Cost, including lunch and garden tour, is $35 for SFA Gardens members and $40 for non-members. To register, call (936) 564-7351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SFA Spring Plant Sale, Earth Day Celebration set for April 5
SFA Gardens will host the annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.
A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.
This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens. The educational programs at SFA Gardens reach more than 17,000 students and other visitors annually.
The seventh annual SFA Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by Campus Recreation's Outdoor Pursuits program, the SFA Student Sustainability Coalition and SFA Gardens, will coincide with the plant sale and will begin at 10 a.m., featuring informational booths, guest speakers, activities for kids of all ages, free local food, live music and more. The celebration is an opportunity for members of the SFA student body and the Nacogdoches community to work together toward a sustainable campus and community.
Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment
The School of Social Work, Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development and Special Health Resources for Texas is presenting "Voices of Strengths: Linking Partnerships in HIV/AIDS Treatment," a free symposium on HIV/AIDS.
The symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Regents' Suites A and B in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
Discussions will include the Affordable Care Act, services for for HIV/AIDS patients in East Texas and the "Life Giving Project," an international outreach program. The symposium is part of the School of Social Work's celebration of Social Work Month.
Please RSVP to Donna Shelton at email@example.com. For more information, contact Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations for Student Employee of the Year
The deadline to nominate your student worker for Student Employee of the Year is March 28. For more information, click here.
Join the celebration for this year’s Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 13-19! The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to the SFA campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students.
View a list of ideas for showing your appreciation to your student employees here.
Omicron Delta Kappa taking applications for Leadership and Service Awards
Omicron Delta Kappa invites all advisers, students and student organizations to apply for one of its Leadership and Service Awards. Many students put in countless hours of service and put together programs that benefit the community. ODK would like to take the time to recognize these students and these organizations.
A wide variety of awards is available:
• Service Program of the Year
• Program of the Year
• Underclassman Student Leader of the Year
• Top 23 Freshmen
• Service Organization of the Year
• Adviser of the Year
• Baker Pattillo Student Leader of the Year
• Small and Large Organization of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
To apply, visit www.sfaodk.org to find links to all the award applications. Faculty and staff members are particularly encouraged to tell deserving students about these opportunities. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 28.
For more information, contact ODK at email@example.com.
SFA Gardens lecture series to feature plant sale preview
SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.
SFA Gardens horticulturists Dave Creech, Dawn Stover and Greg Grant will present a "A Plant Preview of the Upcoming Garden Gala Plant Sale." Their combined program will present information and images of many of the new, popular and more unusual plants available at the upcoming sale.
The Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center.
The sale features a wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA and Greg Grant introductions. Most of these are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.
This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and educational programs hosted at the gardens.
Wellness Walking Tour RescheduledNew date: Tuesday, March 18
5:15 to 6 p.m.
The tour will start in the Rec Center Lounge located near the front desk and stop by all dining locations along the one-mile campus tour.
Put on your sneakers and join SFA Dining and Campus Rec for a wellness tour of campus. The tour will include information on wellness services available through Campus Rec and SFA Dining, as well as tips and tricks on how to be active and eat well in the dining halls and retail outlets throughout campus. To join us for the tour, please RSVP to Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 All-SLC Honors awarded to Track and Field
The Southland Conference announced its individual award winners and all-conference teams on Thursday following last week's Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Stephen F. Austin's men's and women's teams combined to tally 20 all-conference nods after the women finished second, and the men claimed third at the championship meet.
Sprinter Brarysheyia Simpson received three all-conference awards, individually finishing second in three different events. She broke her own school records set earlier this season in the 60 meters and the 200. Simpson also took silver in the 400 meters and ran a leg of the 4x400 relay team that received second team all-conference honors with Keisha Tryon, Cierra Jefferson and Jessica Hatchett.
The men's pole vault swept the all-conference honors with Colton Ross, Cameron Meyer and Daven Murphree taking first, second and third team, respectively. Ross won the pole vault with his clearance of 5.30 meters (17-4.50). Read More
Ladyjacks cruise past Oral Roberts, 72-52
SFA raced out to a 12-0 lead in the opening two minutes and never looked back, cruising to a 72-52 victory over Oral Roberts at William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA led by as many as 31, notching its fifth-straight win.
With SFA's victory over the Golden Eagles, combined with a Central Arkansas loss to Northwestern State, the Ladyjacks moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Southland Conference with the Sugar Bears and Lamar. SFA and Central Arkansas play Saturday at 4 p.m. with the winner capturing at least a share of the SLC regular season crown.
Porsha Roberts had another impressive performance, finishing with 23 points and nine rebounds, one point shy of matching her season high, while tying a career-best with four assists. Antionette Carter added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Ladyjacks with Tierany Henderson and Brentney Branch each finishing with 11 points on the evening. Read More
'Jacks head to Wichita State
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team heads to Wichita, Kan., for a three-game series with Wichita State beginning Friday, Mar. 7, at Eck Stadium.
SFA (6-5) is coming of a 3-1 week that included a sweep of the visiting Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks. After dropping a 5-4 heartbreaker to 26th-ranked Texas Tech in the ninth inning on Feb. 27, the 'Jacks responded with three straight victories over UTM the next two days. SFA cruised to a 9-4 victory in the series opener with the Skyhawks and then followed with 10-6 and 1-0 (seven-inning) wins in a doubleheader over UTM as part of a doubleheader.
Senior Ricardo Sanchez hit 7-for-11 (.636) across the three-game series with the Skyhawks. Sanchez went 3-for-5 in the series opener, followed with a perfect 3-for-3 outing with a double, RBI and two runs scored in game two, before finishing 1-for-3 in the series finale.
Junior Dillon Mangham (2-0) sealed the sweep in the series finale, pitching a complete seven-inning game shutout on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the doubleheader. Mangham went the distance, recording five strikeouts and scattering two hits. Across seven innings, he held the opposition to a .087 batting average. Read More
Streaks remain intact in 83-72 victory
Led by a balanced offensive attack and key defensive stops, the SFA men's basketball team pulled away from Oral Roberts in the second half to notch an 83-72 victory on Thursday night inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.
The victory was the 32nd-straight for SFA (28-2, 17-0 SLC) on its home court, pulling into a tie with No. 4 Duke for the longest active streak in the nation. The 'Jacks also recorded their 25th consecutive victory and improve to 17-0 in Southland Conference play, tying the league mark for most conference wins in a single season. SFA surpasses its 16 wins from last season and ties Sam Houston State (2002-03 - 23-7/17-3 SLC), McNeese State (2001-02 - 21-9/17-3), Nicholls State (1994-95 - 24-6/17-1 SLC) and Louisiana-Monroe (1992-93 - 26-5/17-1 SLC).
Nine different 'Jacks recorded at least four points against ORU (16-14, 10-7 SLC), led by 16 points from sophomore Thomas Walkup. The native of Pasadena, Texas, finished 4-of-5 from the floor and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Senior Deshaunt Walker recorded 12 points off the bench, hitting three clutch three-pointers to help SFA extend its lead, never trailing on the night. Read More
Gemini Flute Duo to perform in Cole Series recital
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Gemini Flute Duo in a guest/faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
The recital will feature performers Christina Guenther, associate professor of flute at SFA, and Jennifer Keeney, affiliate artist of flute at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, with Geneva Fung, SFA staff accompanist, on piano.
The program will include “Duo Concertant” for two flutes by Louis-Francois-Philippe Drouet; “Currents” for two flutes by Alan Scott; “The Ghosts of Mesa Verde” for two flutes by SFA composition professor Stephen Lias; and Yuko Uebayashi's “Transcending Time” for two flutes and piano.
Keeney plays flute and piccolo with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, among others. She taught at the Interlochen National Music Camp and the Bowling Green University Summer Flute Camp for five years. Read More
Versatile percussionist Harnsberger to present guest recital at SFA
The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Andy Harnsberger in a guest percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as "A Master of Musical Nuance," Harnsberger enjoys a versatile career as a performer, composer and educator, according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion at SFA. Harnsberger, who is assistant professor of music and percussion coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., has performed in musical venues across the United States, Australia, Japan and nine countries in Europe. He also presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year.
"Dr. Harnsberger is in demand as a recitalist and clinician across the country and internationally, presenting clinics and masterclasses at as many as 40 universities per year," Meyer said. "His compositions have been performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and around the world. Harnsberger was also a recipient of the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) PLUS award for his contributions to American Concert Music." Read More
Raychev recital to feature works of composer Marcello
Dr. Evgeni Raychev, cellist and SFA music faculty member, will present “MarCello” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.
The faculty recital will also feature Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras at SFA, and Martha De Luna, graduate student in the SFA School of Music.
“This recital is celebratory,” Raychev said. “I love the month of March, and I love my cello. I am happy that I will be sharing the experience with my colleagues and friends Gene Moon and Martha De Luna.”
The program will include compositions by Fritz Kreisler, Niccoló Paganini, Bohuslav Martinu, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Brahms and Benedetto Marcello. Read More
SFA's collaborative 'Pen and Pigment' exhibition to open March 21
A collaborative project between Stephen F. Austin State University student writers and artists will culminate in the annual “Pen & Pigment” exhibition, which opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, in Griffith Gallery in the Griffith Fine Arts Building.
“Pen & Pigment is an annual event created to promote creativity and collaboration between creative writing and fine arts students,” said Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting in the SFA School of Art. “This year, students from advanced poetry and advanced painting are working together to develop a body of work for the art exhibition.”
First, each student starts out making a piece of work inspired by his or her own artistic vision and aesthetics, Roberts explained. Next, the classes exchange work anonymously, and each student chooses a work for which they wish to create a response.
“In the end, the gallery show features around 20 paintings and 20 poems that explore how ‘pen’ inspired ‘pigment’ and ‘pigment’ inspired ‘pen,’” Roberts said.
SFA to screen 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams' documentary
The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" by Werner Herzog documents the oldest cave paintings known created by human hands. More than 30,000 years old, they are almost twice as old as any other discovery of its kind, according to information at www.yidio.com/Cave-Of-Forgotten-Dreams.
Located in southern France, the Chauvet Cave is near the natural Pont d'Arc bridge. In addition to the footage filmed inside the cave and at the Pont d'Arc bridge, the film also includes interviews with historians and scientists.
The general public is not allowed to enter the cave in the interest of preservation, and to film the documentary, director Herzog had to obtain special permission from the French Minister of Culture. Even with permission, the crew faced dangerous conditions and heavy restrictions. Herzog's team of four, which included himself working the lights, were only permitted a total of 24 total hours of filming broken up into six four-hour sessions.